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Danish Ship Disrupts Pirate Vessel

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 febbraio 2012

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During the early morning of 27th February, off the coast of Somalia, Her Danish Majesty’s Ship (HDMS) Absalon, acting as part of NATO’s counter-piracy operation (Operation OCEAN SHIELD), approached a vessel that had been previously captured by pirates and was being used as a mother-ship (from which pirates normally launch attacks on other merchant vessels). HDMS Absalon successfully disrupted the pirate vessel however, two members of the original crew were found wounded and subsequently died.

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NATO and Russia Exercise Together in Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 febbraio 2012

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London. NATO and Russian Counter Piracy Forces met in the Gulf of Aden to look at the practicalities of conducting refuelling at sea between NATO and Russian ships. This was the tactical part of an ongoing dialogue between NATO and Russia which aims to foster closer cooperation in counter piracy operations. Two weeks ago, the NATO Task Force Commander Rear Admiral TOSUN met with his Russian counterpart Captain 1 st Rank Ildar Ahmerov. The Commanders talked about the various areas where NATO and the Russian Task Force could cooperate, one of which was refuelling at sea.
To that end, refuelling at sea was conducted between a NATO and an EU ship and between two Russian ships. During both refuelling operations, NATO personnel were embarked on the Russian flagship and Russian personnel were on board the NATO flagship so both crews could observe refuelling at sea methods and procedures. Afterwards, Rear Admiral TOSUN said “I am very pleased to see positive results of our meeting after so short a time. As a sign of our determination to work together, this first step was important to ascertain refuelling at sea capability between NATO and Russian units in the near future.”
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with
other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own

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Nato and CMF Commanders Meet At Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 dicembre 2011

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On 14th December Rear Admiral Sinan Azmi TOSUN Commander of NATO’s Counter Piracy Force, hosted the Task Force Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Rear Admiral (UH) Kaleem SHAUKAT SI (Pakistan Navy).
The two Commanders met on board the NATO flagship, TCG GIRESUN, in the Gulf of Aden to discuss matters of mutual concerns such as cooperation in the most effective deployment of ships and aircraft in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. Rear Admiral TOSUN emphasized the importance of meeting with other actors in the counter piracy missions: “Personal relations have proven one of the keys to success in maritime cooperation. I am very pleased to host Rear Admiral Kaleem SHAUKAT SI on my flagship. It was extremely useful to meet face-to-face and share our thoughts on how to tackle piracy in the most effective way through coordination of the assets we have. As the main actors in this vast area, these kinds of constructive meetings help us to enhance the level of coordination.” Both CMF and NATO are undertaking operations to deter and disrupt piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. Due to the huge size of the operating area, counter piracy is a joint and combined effort. Besides CMF, NATO works in partnership with the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and independent navies such as China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. As maritime forces and the commercial maritime community have worked together we have seen the pirates’ success rate decrease significantly. In 2009, 45 ships were hijacked in the region; so far in 2011, only 21 ships have been hijacked effectively halving the number of ships taken. This is a tangible result of the work that NATO and its partners have been involved in for the past three years in the region. Pirates should not be under the illusion that the Christmas season is a good time to launch pirate attacks – NATO ships will be patrolling just as they have done throughout the year.

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United nations commends Nato coungter piracy efforts

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 novembre 2011

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London: At its meeting in New York this week the United Nations Security Council voted to extend its mandate for those fighting piracy off the Horn of Africa by a further 12 months. NATO deployed on its Counter Piracy operations in response to the UN’s concern over the damage and disruption to world trade caused by the rapid growth in piracy off the Somali coast. The extension of the mandate through to the end of 2012 reflects the NATO mission sanctioned by the North Atlantic Council which is also due to expire at the end of 2012. In unanimously adopting resolution 2020, the Security Council stressed the need for the international community to not only tackle piracy but also to deal with the underlying causes i.e. the instability ashore in Somalia. The Security Council commended the efforts of NATO and the other international forces and nations as they “suppress piracy and protect vulnerable ships transiting through the waters off the coast of Somalia.” NATO began its continuous counter piracy mission with Operation Allied Protector in March 2009. Its aim was to deter and disrupt piracy in the Gulf of Aden. This was then superseded by Operation Ocean Shield which allowed greater geographical freedom to move into the Indian Ocean after the pirates turned their focus there and also allowed for regional capacity building if regional states requested it. In 2009, 45 ships were hijacked in the region; so far in 2011, 21 ships have been hijacked effectively halving the number of ships taken. Naval warships have been in the region constantly providing a visible presence and deterrence and this has undoubtedly contributed to the pirates’ lack of success. In addition NATO, along with its partners, has been working with the maritime community to ensure that both merchant ships and crews are aware of Best Management Practices 4 (BMP 4) which give advice on how to protect vessels against pirate attack.

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Mv Suez pirated in the Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 agosto 2010

At approximately 0415 GMT, the container ship MV Suez reported that they were under attack by one white skiff (small boat) and shots had been fired at the motor vessel to force it to stop.  The ship was reportedly employing Best Management Practices, having barbed wire in place and fire hoses ready.  Two NATO warships, HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën and USS Cole, from the NATO counter piracy task force undertaking Operation OCEAN SHIELD, and a Singaporean warship the RSS Endurance from the CMF taskforce were within forty miles of MV Suez at the time of the attack. Despite reacting immediately and having a helicopter on the scene within 10 minutes, naval forces were unable to prevent the attack as the pirates had been able to board the ship within 5 minutes.  This incident highlights that the IRTC is still an area where piracy occurs and that the presence of warships and the employment of Best Management Practices are not guarantees of immunity.
NATO Maritime Command Northwood’s Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Hank Ort commented that, “It is imperative that vessels continue to employ anti-piracy measures, maintain an effective lookout and react robustly, in order to resist pirate attacks for long enough to allow naval forces to reach the scene and intervene before the pirates are onboard.”  MV Suez, a Panamanian-flagged ship with a crew of 24, was travelling eastbound though the Gulf of Aden towards the Suez Canal.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.    NATO has recently announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.  The NATO Task Force consists of 2 ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group 2.  These are:  Hnlms De Zeven Provinciën (Flagship) – The Netherlands Uss Cole – Us

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